BROOKSVILLE – The county commission has decided to reconsider the September 13 decision rejecting a special use exception for land owned by Randy Yoho in rural Brooksville, which he would like to use for a motocross track.
Many surrounding landowners have been fighting Yoho’s claims for years, citing issues with noise, adequacy, traffic and disruption to their quiet lifestyle and rural business activities by the noise of motorcycle engines.
Leonard Johnson, attorney for Randy Yoho, told the commission the special exception was requested for recreational use, and staff recommended approval with conditions such as limitations on runners and times.
“We would just like this body to review the Planning & Zoning decision,” Johnson said.
Commissioner Steve Champion said he couldn’t understand why someone wouldn’t want more than seven runners from 9am to 3pm for four days a week, and President John Allocco said the owner wanted more.
“If I live next door, do I want a dump or do I want a private ATV park four days a week? I just can’t figure it out, ”Champion said. “The owner would make a lot more money, which would turn it into a dumping ground. I just don’t understand that, “and added,” It’s good for the region. “
The motion was approved 5-0 to consider the special use exception at the November 16 meeting.
Budget and taxes
Also at the meeting, the committee approved a budget of $ 623.1 million and reduced taxes. Commissioners voted to lower the existing general fund mileage rate from 7.6412 to 7.4412 and increase the Transportation Trust Fund from 0.7091 to 0.8091 to provide funds to maintain and improve the system. growing transportation service. Overall, the county’s mileage decreased from 9.4844 to 9.3844.
A mill equals $ 1 for every $ 1,000 of assessed property value.
The general fund includes the court clerk, property appraiser, sheriff’s office, election supervisor, tax collector, and programs and services provided by the county commissioners council such as emergency management, animal services, parks and recreation, facilities management, libraries, health and human services, economic development, veterans services, code enforcement, planning, zoning, security services extension, administration and more.
The adoption of the final mileage rates is as follows: General Fund, 7.4412; Transportation Trust Fund, .08091; Health Service Trust Fund, 0.1102; Taxation Unit for Emergency Medical Services, 0.9100; Rainwater management tax unit, 0.1139.
School bus lines
The commissioners discussed issues related to dropouts and school pickups by parents, and the long lines of vehicles forming and stretching out on the roads. Champion blamed the school district for the road blocking problems. “They are not afraid of taxes,” he says. “They have raised taxes three times in three years. I’m sure they could find a way “to deal with their bus and traffic problems. “There has to be a better way.”
Commissioner Beth Narverud said parents lined up and sometimes even blocked entryways and sat on lawn chairs while waiting for their children. She said that even though the district had the money for more buses and school routes, the shortage of drivers is a problem.
Champion said the school district’s policies on drop-off and pick-up lines were examples of “situational ethics” that needed to be stopped and that the district was breaking the law by allowing the lines to form.
He said schools should open earlier so children can be dropped off earlier and avoid long lines forming.
Narverud said perhaps parents shouldn’t be allowed to drop off their children earlier, and that in some neighborhoods cars are blocking private homes.
Commissioner Jeff Holcomb said school staff should be available to monitor children who arrive and are dropped off early.
“But even if you opened up earlier, the parents would come even earlier,” Narverud said. “These parents come early and wait. “
Champion said the solution was to put up “non-standing” signs. “There shouldn’t be any cars on the road blocking the lanes,” he said. The school board could solve this problem, he concluded.
Finally, a motion was put forward to send the school district a letter telling council to stop stacking cars on active roads. The motion was carried 5-0.
In other actions
The Commissioners held a lengthy discussion on the presentation of the Weeki Wachee Natural System Carrying Capacity Working Group. The recommendations included additional advice on recreation, signage and public education; the reestablishment of plant communities and organic soil on the affected point bars; remove the rope swings; reinforcement of embankments or sensitive trees; extend state park regulations to Rogers Park; limit mooring; establish regulations on types and sizes of vessels; and the study of falling trees and sanding.
Public education efforts on responsible river use included explaining why people should stay in their boats and not go ashore, trample sensitive vegetation and / or dive into the river, and the use of various media to explain the rules and regulations of the river, as well as enforcement efforts by MPs.